Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Light and Salt

Jesus said, "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:11-16

It is getting to that time of year when the light comes very early in the morning. The days get longer very quickly in this northern clime and I keep thinking about wearing some sort of eye cover so that I can get a full night's sleep. In the dead of winter, there is so little light, it is easy to sleep late in the morning. We are starved for light in the winter and rejoice in any sunny day. We are creatures who are effected by the light, who need light for our survival. We need salt too, at least in moderation it is essential to our survival, although too much can make us sick.

Jesus, in his sermon on the mountain side, is encouraging us to share the light we have been given. Despite the people who will criticize us and try to hurt us, we are invited by God to see the critical need for light and salt. People are dying for the love of God, for the compassion and concern of neighbors, aching for the light of love. We are invited today to be those who carry he necessary elements to the world.

Today I ask God to help me live as light and salt. May we live each day, sharing the light of love, filling the world with the goodness of the Divine and inviting all to the table.

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